West Sussex & Portsmouth 5 Days - Royal Norfolk Ht
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TALF5209
- Travel Type: Coach
Bognor Regis has been a seaside fishing settlement since Anglo Saxon times. It became a fashionable resort in the reign of George III and has been frequented by royalty on numerous occasions. The resort is flat and has an excellent promenade walk. There is a pier and a delightful park, Hotham Park, which boasts a narrow gauge railway, putting green, crazy golf, tennis court and boating lake. On the beach between Bognor Regis and Aldwick lies the wreck of a floating pontoon - part of the Mulberry Harbour which was destined to be towed across to Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944 and was washed up on the beach shortly after D-Day. The beach is predominantly pebbly but the water is clean and the quality of the light often remarkable. Inland the scenery is quintessentially English with the splendour of the South Downs, England's newest National Park, very close at hand.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - HMS Victory
See the Great Cabin in HMS Victory, the location where the great battle was planned. Lord Nelson commanded his flagship HMS Victory into battle off Cape Trafalgar in October 1805 against the combined fleet of the French and Spanish. /nDiscover how HMS Victory is being restored to her original condition, prior to the Battle of Trafalgar, the bicentennial of which was commemorated in 2005./nStep inside the Royal Naval Museum where you are able to experience the most thrilling, true-to-life recreation ever of the great sea battles of 1805. Learn how the Royal Navy outwitted Napoleon. Brave the sights and sounds of HMS Victory's gundeck as the fleet goes in to action. /nFacing HMS Victory, the Museum is located in magnificent Georgian storehouses, and contains a rich collection of artefacts including ship models, figureheads, swords, uniforms, medals and fine paintings. /n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Today is left free to allow for relaxing in the hotel or exploring the local area. /nDon't hesitate to enquire with the hotel reception regarding local attractions and travel options.
Day 4 - Bluebell & Sheffield
Travelling on the fine steam Bluebell Railway, we pass through the through the gentle Sussex Weald (fare included in tour cost)./nSheffield Park Gardens is a magnificent landscape garden laid out in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown (entrance to gardens included in the tour cost)./nThe gardens include four lakes and a cricket pitch laid in 1884 for the first ever cricket match between England and Australia. /n
Day 5 - Return Travel
Royal Norfolk Hotel
Situated in a delightfully sunny spot on the sea front with extensive lawns and superb Channel views, this exceptional Georgian building dates from the 1830’s and has been visited by the Emperor Napoleon III of France and various descendants of Queen Victoria. The Royal Norfolk hotel in Bognor Regis is just a short walk from the pier and shops. All 67 rooms are centrally heated with private bath or shower and WC, television, trouser press, hair dryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is an attractive lobby bar with television, a split level restaurant, two conference rooms and a bar lounge with small dance floor. Lift serves most rooms (some rooms accessed via several stairs). Entertainment is provided most evenings. It is not surprising this grand hotel is popular among holidaymakers who enjoy coach holidays to Bognor Regis.